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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources: New Library Policies

Provides information on resources available to students, faculty, and staff while working remotely.

The total occupancy in the building has been reduced by 50-75% to ensure proper 6 foot social distancing between patrons and staff. The following policies are put in place to ensure the health and safety of all Pace Community Members:

  • All patrons and staff MUST wear a mask or face covering in all common areas at all times.

  • All patrons will be responsible for sanitizing the space they use.

  • Furniture MAY NOT be moved by patrons. The furniture has been specifically set up to ensure proper 6 foot social distancing.

  • PCs in the computer labs have been greatly reduced. Patrons are asked to be mindful of the needs of others and limit the time spent at a computer and to sanitize the area after use.

  • If the building reaches the maximum occupancy allowed, additional patrons will not be allowed inside until the occupancy drops.

  • Effective Spring 2021 Study Rooms are no longer available for use by 2 individuals. If an individual student needs to use a study room for an interview, the student should contact or come to the circulation desk. Rooms will only be accessible M-F 9-5. We have a limited number of rooms available even for this purpose.

  • Eating and drinking will still be allowed in the library. It is only for these two purposes that you may lower your face covering. We ask that you spend as little time with a lowered face covering for these purposes as possible out of respect to other patrons. 

  • We have a seat booking program for all seats in the library. Go to: to book a seat in the library. Seats will be bookable for up to 4 hours at a time. Students need to check-in when they arrive and checkout when they leave. This program will help us with tracking and tracing as well as maximum occupancy in the building so it is important that you do book a seat, even if you only do so when you come in and not well in advance. You will be able to scan a QR code at an individual seat or at certain points around campus in order to make a reservation or check-in. If you have any questions you can always ask a library staff member for assistance.

  • Please follow the marked paths when making your way through the library or up staircases. They are designed to help people move through the library with the best distancing available in the space. Note that some staircases may be for going only up or only down.

  • Please remember to wash or sanitize your hands frequently. The law school and law library have hand sanitizer dispensers located throughout the building. They are generally located next to elevators. Each of the stack levels has a dispenser next to the stack elevator. There are also sanitizers on each floor of Gerber Glass next to the main elevator.

Due to social distancing and density reductions for the building and the entire campus, the library will only be open to current students, faculty, and staff. Unfortunately, we cannot provide access to alumni, consortia members, or members of the public at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

All materials that regularly circulate will be available to borrow. Patrons may come to the library to locate and check out materials at the Circulation desk. In-person checkouts will be completed without any physical contact between the patron and staff.

Patrons are encouraged to request pickup of materials through the request button available on the Library Catalog. Although this process is usually only used for books located on the other two campuses, we will also be using this to request books from the law library. We will be retrieving all requested materials at 10 AM, 1 PM, and 4 PM M-F. Materials requested on the weekend will be available the next business day. You will receive an email when your materials are ready for pick-up. All materials checked out to patrons will be in brown paper bags with the patron's name on it on a table in front of the Circulation desk. Staff members will be wearing gloves when retrieving your materials.

We will still maintain a small reserve collection. However, all items in the reserve collection will be quarantined after use. This will mean that materials may not be available when you want them. Since the items will be quarantined after use, we are extending the checkout of reserve items from the usual 2 hours to 24 hours.

Please return all items to the return bin located on the covered landing outside Gerber Glass. All returned items will be quarantined. All library fines for Spring and Fall 2020 will be waived.

For any current students or graduates who are not returning to campus this fall, you can always mail any items you have checked out back to the law library:

Haub Law Library
Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
78 North Broadway
White Plains, N.Y. 10603

According to the currently available science, we are going to be quarantining all books that have been handled by someone for 3 days. This means that patrons may need to wait longer to access an item if it is being quarantined.

DVDs will be quarantined for 5 days in keeping with the latest scientific studies.

Intercampus books, Interlibrary loans, and books through ConnectNY will also be subject to a 3 day quarantine once they arrive at the law library. This may lead to increased wait times for items, so patrons should request materials well in advance.

Reference Services will continue to be available through email and chat. We will also provide reference via zoom for those occasions where live interaction would work best. Patrons can email the reference department to request a zoom session and a reference librarian will make arrangements with you. We also have a FAQ page that you can consult for quick information needs and to access chat and email reference.

We are still happy to make arrangement to have a librarian present on research and citation in classes. Sessions may be held synchronously through zoom or asynchronously. Faculty, please contact Deborah Heller to set up a session.

Some sinks in the building will be closed off to allow for social distancing between users. We ask that patrons observe social distancing while waiting to use restrooms if they are occupied. There are restrooms in the library stack area on the main floor, on the second floor of Gerber Glass, near the Moot Courtroom, and in Preston Hall. Restrooms are being cleaned more frequently throughout the day.

Cleaning crews are also cleaning high touch surfaces more frequently throughout the day. However, we do still advise patrons to sanitize their spaces before and after use. There will be cleaning materials available.